In the 15th and 16th centuries Nuremberg was one of Germany's most prosperous trade cities, but the ravages of the Thirty Years' War and, later, Napoleon's reign left the city depopulated by the early 19th century. Because of Nuremberg's historical importance, Hitler chose the city to host Nazi rallies and or-dered the Reichstag to meet here to draw up the infamous Nuremberg Laws in 1935, which stripped Jews of many basic rights. Allied bombing raids destroyed 90 percent of the old city, but it was carefully rebuilt in the post-war period. Today, Nuremberg is Bavaria's second-largest city with a population of over 500,000 and has a diverse economy that relies on the mechanical engineering, electronics and paper manufacturing industries. Nuremberg is also the official home of gingerbread (Lebkuchen) products and boasts some of Germany's oldest and finest toy makers, who convene each year at the Nuremberg Inter-national Toy Fair. In 2006, the Nuremberg-Ingolstadt-Munich ICE high-speed rail line was opened, mak-ing travel to Munich possible in just less than one hour. The Nuremberg airport has many connections throughout Europe, but the city's residents have many sights to see within city limits: the Nuremberg castles, the Frauenkirche and the Christkindlesmarkt (Christmas Market) all draw millions of visitors each year.
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